Entries on Dental Sciences
Ancylostomiasis (hookworm disease) is a disease of worldwide distribution. The most widespread of all hookworm species is A. caninum and it parasitizes dog throughout the tropics and subtropics.
Research shows that poor governance, illiteracy, disease and lack of political will are the major factors hindering development. Our government need act now!
Some scholars questioned the role of faith communities in promoting maternal health, in spite of the historical development of the vital role of mission hospitals in maternal health care delivery in Nigeria. This paper, therefore, critically analyzes the role of mission hospitals in maternal health care in Nigeria byidentifying causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria; and analyzing strategic role of mission hospitals in maternal healthcare services. The paper is a qualitative research involving use of secondary data from documents, books, inaugural lectures, journals and internet materials and review of expert opinions of consultant gynaecologists on one hand; and the use of primary data of surveyed research work of undergraduate students. It was found that mission hospitals played vital role in maternal health care in Nigeria namely, compassion for the people in need, out of pure Christian charity; contact with the population, especially where verbal communication was difficult; public-private partnership thatcreates interventions for integrating safe birth spacing and family planning into maternal health care; provision of some form of information and counselling on pre-natal, ante-natal and post partum care. It was recommended that mission hospitals, church authorities and Christian faith communities in general should ensure effective communication, public-private partnership, promote compassion for the needy, promote medical education and effective pastoral counselling